Although the process of determining a student's eligibility for federal student aid is basically the same for all applicants, there is some flexibility. There have to be very good reasons for the financial aid administrator to make any adjustments, and you'll have to provide adequate proof to support those adjustments. Also, the financial aid administrator's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.
Dependent status vs Independent status - Parents refusing or unwilling to contribute to a student's education or students that demonstrate total self-sufficiency do not qualify a student as independent. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, a student may be eligible to appeal the dependent status. You should contact the Yavapai College Financial Aid Office to obtain information on what qualifies for a Petition for Independent Status.
Financial Situations - In some cases, your financial aid administrator may adjust your cost of attendance or the information used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to take into account circumstances that might affect the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education.
These circumstances could include: a family's unusually high medical or dental expenses, not covered by insurance; or if you, your spouse, or either of your parents (if a dependent student) have been recently unemployed. If conditions such as these apply to you or your family, contact the Yavapai College Financial Aid Office to obtain information on how to submit an Income Reduction Appeal.
Please check with our Financial Aid Office if you feel you have any other special circumstances that might affect the amount you and your family are expected to contribute.